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Playing It Safe Is Too Often Risky

Making space for possibilities

Making space to take on risk is all about the journey. You have to unlearn what no longer serves you. For example, unlearning other peoples quick fixes and schemes. 

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Playing It Safe Is Too Often Risky

Playing It Safe Is Too Often Risky

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Safe choices

Following the status quo does not always make us feel that we are living with purpose. 

If you live your life by simply comparing yourself to other people, you will always be subject to other people's standards and needs.

Making space for possibilities

Making space to take on risk is all about the journey. You have to unlearn what no longer serves you. For example, unlearning other peoples quick fixes and schemes. 

Looking forward

Playing it safe prevents you from leaping into the opportunities along your path.

If you wait until you are ready you might not follow the path you want to choose. Trust yourself to do your best.

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Most people think about learning as adding knowledge and skills. You now have a new fact in your mind that didn’t exist before.

The most useful learning isn’t usually a strict addition of new knowledge, but first unlearning something false or unhelpful.

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  • Straightforward refutation of the old idea. This complete refutation is atypical. More likely the new knowledge doesn’t contradict the old one, but it may modify it in some way.
  • The new knowledge revises a simpler picture by filling it with more complex details. This is similar to adding new knowledge, although because the older, simpler view of the issue has been overwritten with more detail, there is some unlearning going on.

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Unlearning instead of learning

Unlearning is an important sign of adaptability and very useful for people who are looking for a new job.

Unlearning is challenging what you think you know and overriding the information with new data.ddsadasdasd

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Risk awkward conversations

We are apt to choose the path of safety instead of speaking about issues that worry us. We do not address the problems and fail to influence a change or produce results.

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Challenge assumptions

The world is changing fast. Holding on to the ideas of yesterday can prevent you from achieving success tomorrow.

Be willing to step away from the old assumptions into a place of not knowing. This will leave room to acquire new knowledge to move to a place you truly want to go.

Risk rejection

If all you do is conform, that is all you have to offer.

To set yourself apart, be willing to walk your own path and do what you expect of yourself versus what others expect of you.

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